A Jackson man has been charged in a February homicide, the city of Jackson’s first homicide of 2012, according to a news release from the Jackson Police Department.
Jeremy Jones, 20, was indicted Monday on charges of second degree murder and employing a firearm during a dangerous felony in the February shooting on the campus of Lane College, located at 545 Lane Ave.
The release said Jackson police completed the investigation in the shooting that left Justin Clark, 21, dead. Investigators presented the case to the Madison County grand jury Monday and indictments were returned charging Jones. He will be formally arraigned in Madison County Circuit Court, Division III on Tuesday, November 13.
According to the release, police were called about the shooting around 6:10 p.m. on Feb. 1 and officers and EMS responded to the campus. Clark had been shot in the head and was rushed by ambulance to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. He was pronounced dead at 8:55 a.m. the following day.
The investigation revealed that Clark and Jones were friends and had gone to the campus together. Neither man was a Lane student, the release said. Clark was involved in a fist fight with a Lane College student near the gymnasium and during the fight, shots were fired by two people. Jones was identified as one of the shooters. After the fired shots, Clark was the only person who had been shot.
Police collected multiple shell casings from the scene, the release said. The casings and bullets that struck Clark were sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation crime lab for comparison. Ballistic results confirmed that Clark was fatally shot by a gun that Jones was shooting.
The release said Jones is currently in custody at the Madison County Jail on multiple unrelated charges for incidents that occurred in August.
On Aug. 11, Jones handed Devin Long a gun, and Long shot at a car occupied by four people near 216 Roosevelt Parkway. Police issued an arrest warrant for Jones for four counts of aggravated assault, the release said.
On Aug. 14, Jones was apprehended after being chased by police in Lincoln Courts. He was additionally charged with evading arrest. Jones posted a $10,000 bond and was released from jail two days later.
On Aug. 22, Jones shot at a man at the Villages Apartments, located at 550 Old Hickory Blvd, the release said. The man was not struck but a bullet traveled across Old Hickory and penetrated the window at Dawn’s Fabrics, located at 621 Old Hickory Blvd. An employee was nearly struck. Jones had left the scene when police arrived and the man who Jones shot at was uncooperative with officers.
Around 4 a.m. on Aug. 26, Jones was stopped by Jackson Police Officer Christian Boxley on the parking lot of IHOP, located at 9 Stonebridge Blvd., after Boxley noticed him walking with a limp and suspiciously holding his hip area. The release said for his safety, Boxley patted Jones down and found a.357 handgun pistol inside Jones’ beltline.
The release said Jones was charged with possession of a firearm and he was additionally charged with reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon and vandalism for the August 22 shooting. Bond was set at $75,000 for the gun charge, and $150,000 for the reckless endangerment and vandalism. The previous $10,000 bond was revoked due to the August 26 arrest.
The August cases are scheduled to go before the December grand jury, the release said.